You have blessed me in so many ways. In this clip, the final part of the sermon, we talk about how we do the same thing to God! We know we are giving well when there is a sacrifice felt. In this case, leftovers are the best. Sometimes we must let go of some less important things so we can focus on the most important things. As true Christians, we should not be giving the world our best and giving God our leftovers. As long as Israel put Jehovah first and kept Him front and center, they were invincible. God ought to be first! He is either Lord of all or not Lord at all. 2. God must be the object, Christ must be the medium, and the Spirit must help us. Learn more about NICL Online. Our God is a consuming fire, and we are commanded to honor and reference His name. I have to give my very best to God because He is the giver of that resource 4. We want to give God our love, our joyful generosity, yes, ourselves. Notice the positioning of the ark of the covenant, the golden icon of God's presence and favor in ancient Israel. The only way to begin giving is to do it. We’ll give God our leftovers when our entire “prayer life” consists of talking to God one minute before nodding off to sleep. Grant me a generous heart when I pray and ask for your will to be done in my life. What we give to the world can seem to have little return on our investment, but what God gives in return far exceeds … Years ago, I learned from Methodist missionary E. Stanley Jones that God deserves the first and best of our time. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. is not of the Father, but is of the world. It is putting God last on the list. So for these mothers, enjoying the leftovers was the best, for it had everything to do with them giving the best to those around them. Are we giving God the best in our worship services? January 10, 2020. A church sign said it well, "Give God what is right, not what is left!". Suggestion: Make an appointment with God each day – just like you would with the doctor! Let’s look at some characteristics of giving God leftovers that our text shares with us. God is never to get the leftovers. Our giving is to be an expression of our love and thanks, but sometimes we only give God our leftovers. Reach your full potential and be led by His Spirit. St. Paul tells us that Jesus teaches, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) That is the heart of a good steward. Free me from my attachments to the material things of the earth so that I may not be consumed by ambition, greed or selfishness. The Bible tells us to "Love not the world". A desperate, destitute widow gathered sticks to build a fire. Is He first in your life? Often, the first step in doing this is discovering the gifts we have, and being bold and courageous enough to use them. 3:9-10, NKJV). I would venture to guess that most folks don’t even carve out enough to have a “God” part. Salvation is a free gift. I STILL need this reminder!!!! We serve the same God, still worthy of the first and best of our time, efforts, and resources. Friend, are you pursuing after God? It is putting God last on the list. So, good stewardship of time means giving … Thank you for the gift of time that I can spend with family and friends, neighbor and stranger. Proverbs 3:19 ~ Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of your crops. We give God the best—real things and good things, the best we can give not hand-me-downs or leftovers. The first serving is wonderful, but in a day or two, the sauce seems even better than the first helping. Leftovers are good when it comes to food, but it is a great sin when given to the Lord. God desires and deserves our best, not our leftovers! That’s why we serve in various ministries. Every other love and pursuit must be secondary to Him or it becomes an idol. [CDATA[// >